Why now is the best time to visit Colorado's top ski resorts

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Why now is the best time to visit Colorado's top ski resorts

Aspen: Four ski areas with more than 320 ski runs and a ritzy reputation make this Colorado ski resort a worldwide magnet for celebrities and ski enthusiasts alike.

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Beaver Creek: Of the 10 best ski resorts in Colorado, this is the youngest, having opened in 1980. It's since grown to more than 1,800 acres of skiable area.

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Breckenridge: Sure you can hit the slopes at this legendary Colorado ski resort, but you might want to also tour the Country Boy mine or go dog sledding with a team of Siberian Huskies.

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Keystone: With more than 3,000 acres of skiable area there's plenty for skiers of all skill levels at this Colorado ski resort. It's a top destination for snowboarders, too.

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Purgatory, Durango: Despite its ominous name, a family-friendly atmosphere permeates this Colorado ski resort, with plenty of activities for children and teens. Of course, experts have plenty to choose from as well, such as tree-skiing runs and two terrain parks.

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Steamboat Springs: This Colorado ski resort town has produced 76 Winter Olympians, more than any other town in North America. Perhaps its 2,965 acres of permitted ski terrain has something to do with that.

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Silverton: Beginners need not apply at this Colorado Ski Resort. The highest ski area in North America requires all lift riders to be outfitted with avalanche gear. Its "easiest run" has a 35-degree slope; 30 degrees is considered steep at other resorts.

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Telluride: The longest run at this Colorado ski resort is the 4.6-mile "Galloping Goose." But don't let that scare you off if you're a novice: Twenty-three percent of its 125 total trails are beginner level.

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Vail: At more than 5,000 acres this is the largest of the 10 best Colorado ski resorts.

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Winter Park: This is the closest of the 10 best Colorado ski resorts to the Denver, and therefore one of the most popular with locals. The resort makes its snow early in the season to guarantee a pre-Thanksgiving opening.

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There's still time to hit the slopes at Colorado's top ski resorts, and depending where you go, you might be able to snag some good deals.

This month's snowfall hasn't been as high as in past years (March is typically Colorado's snowiest month) but there's good news: April is historically the second snowiest month. Most of the top ski resorts in the state stay open through early or mid-April. Then there are resorts like Arapahoe Basin, where the season runs until early June. In short, there's still plenty of good skiing available.


Some of Colorado's ski resorts are offering good end-of-season deals -- Aspen will give skiers an extra day of free lift tickets and equipment rentals from April 6-19, and Steamboat is selling the discounted Springalicious Pass from April 5-12. Crested Butte, Telluride, and Winter Park all have lodging or lift deals as well.

It's also not too early to start planning a ski vacation for next year. Many of the top Colorado ski resorts are already selling passes and packages for the 2015-2016 season.

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